French Eclectic architecture
Domestic architecture that emulates many of its French antecedents, combining elements and characteristics of a wide range of historic style of its antecedents. Typical characteristics include: a wall cladding of brick, stone, or stucco; quoins at the wall intersections; occasionally, decorative half-timbering; a cylindrical stair tow having a steep conical roof; a small porch having a balustrade over the door; a porte cochère; a tall, steeply pitched, hipped roof with one or more gables, often tiled or shingled; flared eaves; one or more massive chimneys; arched dormers, gabled dormers, or hipped wall dormers that break the line of the cornice; French windows or double-hung windows; upper-story windows that break the roof line; an entry door having a stone or terra-cotta door surround or having pilasters on each side.
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